Nutrition - 8/10
Ingredients - 8/10
Billy And Margot Wild Kangaroo & Superfood Blend is a high-quality dry dog food. Its nutrient profile is above average, and it provides a significantly above average proportion of protein. Despite being above average, we consider the carbohydrate proportion of this dog food to be somewhat above ideal which means it could be lower. The formula contains a large variety of high-quality ingredients and limits its meat-based ingredients to Kangaroo and Chicken. While Kangaroo meat may be unfamiliar to many, it is very nutritious and particularly low in saturated fat. Also, Billy And Margot Wild Kangaroo & Superfood Blend contains a range of Legumes and Sweet Potatoes which are considered high-quality sources of carbohydrates. Moreover, they provide fiber for healthy digestion. Sadly, the formula also contains pea by-products such as Pea Protein which are considered lower quality ingredients. While Billy And Margot Wild Kangaroo & Superfood Blend includes a range of vegetables, the fact it only uses two sources of meat could mean it is suitable for those that suffer from meat allergies or sensitivities.
User Review( votes)
Unique Meat Ingredient Very Satisfactory Protein Proportion
Contains Pea Protein Low Fat Proportion
A Full review of Wild Kangaroo & Superfood Blend by Billy And Margot
The ideal nutrition for a dog is entirely dependant on their unique circumstances. However, a high proportion of protein and fat combined with a lower proportion of carbohydrates is most appropriate nutrition profile for the vast majority of dogs. Dog’s are very capable of consuming a high proportion of carbohydrates, but a diet high in protein and fat is more appropriate and a better reflection of their natural ancestral diet.
Carbohydrate Content Analysis
Dogs use carbohydrates as a simple energy source. Dogs do not require significant carbohydrates in their diet, and they are commonly added to reduce cost and increase shelf life. As the chart above displays, a maximum of 37% of Billy And Margot Wild Kangaroo & Superfood Blend calories are derived from carbohydrates. Please note that this is the maximum amount of carbohydrates as calculated by the guaranteed analysis. In reality, this value of carbohydrates is likely to be a lot lower. This is below average for a Dry Dog Food.
A mix of vegetable and starch ingredients makes up the majority of the carbohydrates in this formula. Vegetables such as Peas and Chickpeas are considered high-quality sources of carbohydrates. These will be discussed in more detail later on. This is above what we would consider the ideal proportion of carbohydrates but is not very dissatisfactory. The fact that the sources of carbohydrates are high-quality makes up for any overage.
Protein Content Analysis
Dogs use Protein for growth, development, and maintenance. Excess protein can be burned as calories. As the chart above displays, a minimum of 35% of Billy And Margot Wild Kangaroo & Superfood Blend calories are derived from protein. Please note that this is the minimum amount of protein as calculated by the guaranteed analysis. In reality, this value of protein is likely to be higher. This is significantly above average for a Dry Dog Food.
This is an extremely satisfactory level of protein and should be sufficient for the majority of dogs including those who are extremely active. It appears to be sourced from the Kangaroo and Chicken ingredients. Meat such as Kangaroo is considered a high-quality source of protein and provides the full range of needed amino acids. Unfortunately, a minority of this protein level is from the vegetable content such as Pea Protein. Plant-based proteins are not as beneficial as animal-based protein.
Fat Content Analysis
Dogs use fat as a concentrated energy source. In addition, fats also play a role in development and maintenance. As the chart above displays, a minimum of 28% of Billy And Margot Wild Kangaroo & Superfood Blend calories are derived from fat. Please note that this is the minimum amount of fat as calculated by the guaranteed analysis. In reality, this value of fat is likely to be a lot higher. This is average for a Dry Dog Food.
The fat present in this dog food appears to be sourced from the Kangaroo and Chicken ingredients which are high-quality sources. Kangaroo meat is lower in fat than other similar meats which may explain why the overall proportion is so low. This estimate of the fat content is sufficient to fulfill the requirements for bodily functions but may not be adequate as a source of energy for those dogs who are very active.
The calorie density of Billy And Margot Wild Kangaroo & Superfood Blend is unknown.
Once again please note that the values in this section are calculated using the products guaranteed analysis. The guaranteed analysis only lists the minimum and maximum values, and as a consequence, these can sometimes be an inaccurate representation. As a rule of thumb, most dog foods will contain slightly more protein and considerably more fat than their guaranteed analysis. This will have the knock-on effect of reducing the relative amount of carbohydrates present. However also note that every dog food is different and some will be considerably closer to the guaranteed analysis than others.
Guaranteed Analysis – Billy And Margot Wild Kangaroo & Superfood Blend
Pet foods in the United States are legally required by the AAFCO to have a guaranteed analysis on their packaging. A guaranteed analysis must display certain nutritional information. This is similar to how nutritional values are now commonly displayed on food for human consumption. The information that must be displayed includes Crude Protein, Crude Fat, Crude Fiber, and Moisture. Some guaranteed analysis will contain additional information. The guaranteed analysis for this product is listed below.
- Crude Protein (Min) – 34.00%
- Crude Fat (Min) – 12.00%
- Crude Fiber (Max) – 6.00%
- Moisture (Max) – 10.00%
- Calcium (Min) – 1.2%
- Phosphorus (Min) – 1.0%
- Omega 6 Fatty Acids (Min) – 1.2%
- Omega 3 Fatty Acids (Min) – 0.3%
The ingredients of pet food are disclosed on the packaging of the product as a list in descending order. Therefore the ingredients at the start of the list make up the bulk of the pet foods content. As a consequence, the quality of these primary ingredients is the most significant factor in determining the quality of pet food.
However, ingredients listed further down the ingredient list should not be ignored, especially if they could have adverse or harmful effects on a pet.
- Sweet Potatoes
- Pea Protein
Dangerous / Harmful Ingredients
In-Depth Meat/Fish Ingredient Review
The meat and fish ingredients of dog food are without a doubt the most important. They are critical as they provide the majority of the protein and fat that dogs desperately need. Also, these ingredients would have made up the bulk of dogs ancestors diet. Therefore, the quality of a dog food formulas meat and fish ingredients is crucial. Billy And Margot Wild Kangaroo & Superfood Blend contains two sources of meat and fish.
The primary meat source present is Kangaroo. Kangaroo is considered a high-quality source of protein. Kangaroo meat is often praised for being very low in fat, particularly saturated fat. Also, it contains high levels of Iron and Vitamin B12. Unfortunately, just like other meats, Kangaroo meat includes a high concentration of water. Much of this water is evaporated during the cooking process leaving a lesser proportion of Kangaroo. However given that Kangaroo is the first listed ingredient, its proportion will still be relatively high even after the cooking process.
The secondary meat source present is Chicken. Chicken is considered a high-quality source of protein. In addition to being a fantastic protein source, chicken has high levels of Niacin and Vitamin B6. Unfortunately Chicken does contain a high concentration of water. Much of this water is evaporated during the cooking process leaving a lesser proportion of Chicken. However given that Chicken is the third listed ingredient, its proportion will still be relatively high even after the cooking process.
In-Depth None-Meat Ingredient Review
Billy And Margot Wild Kangaroo & Superfood Blend contains Peas, Lentils and Chickpeas. These are members of the legume family of vegetables. Legumes are famous for having a relatively high amount of protein for a vegetable. Legumes also contain a high amount of fiber, which is important for healthy digestion. Pet foods often use legumes as a replacement for grains in grain-free pet food. Protein from vegetables such as legumes should not be a replacement for protein from meat. Instead, it should act as an additional protein source.
Sweet Potatoes are a starchy vegetable and a source of complex carbohydrates. Sweet Potatoes are considered superior to traditional Potatoes as they contain more fiber and a more extensive range of vitamins and minerals. Some examples of vitamins and minerals that are abundant in Sweet Potatoes are Vitamin A, Vitamin C, and Calcium. The higher amount of fiber and the range of micronutrients in Sweet Potatoes mean that they are considered a high-quality ingredient despite containing mostly carbohydrates.
Pea Protein is a by-product of Peas. Pea Protein is considered a low-quality ingredient. It is often used as a cheap way to increase the overall level of protein in a dog food without including additional meat or fish content. While the protein in Pea Protein is not harmful, plant-based proteins such as this are considered inferior to meat and fish-based proteins as they do not contain the full range of needed amino acids. Pea Protein is one of the most common ingredients used in a technique called Ingredient Splitting.
Flaxseed is a beneficial ingredient that is commonplace in higher quality dog food. Flaxseed contains high levels of the Omega 3 and 6 Fatty Acids which provide a range of health benefits such as healthier skin and fur and improved cognitive function. Also, Flaxseed contains high levels of protein for a plant-based ingredient. Finally, Flaxseed provides Lignans which can help reduce inflammation and cholesterol.
Dried Chicory Root or Chicory Root Extract is an additive or supplement to dog food. It can provide a range of health benefits including soluble fiber to enable regular passage of stool, probiotics to aid and promote digestion, as well as potentially eliminate or prevent intestinal worms. While these benefits are not fully proven, there is strong evidence behind them. The proportion of Chicory Root used in most dog food recipes is tiny and does not contribute meaningful nutrition. Find out more in Dried Chicory Root In Dog Food.
Alfalfa is a flowering plant that is closely related to Peas and other legumes. Alfalfa has a long history of use in livestock feed and as a supplement for humans. It has a similar proportion of protein to other legumes which means it can contribute to a minor sum if there is a sufficient quantity used. Alfalfa’s greatest strength is the vast range of vitamins and minerals it provides including Vitamin K, Vitamin C, Beta Carotene, Potassium, and Calcium. Find out more about Alfalfa in our article Alfalfa In Dog Food.
Full Ingredient List – Billy And Margot Wild Kangaroo & Superfood Blend
Kangaroo, Chicken, Whole Field Peas, Red Lentils, Sweet Potato, Whole Chickpeas, Pea Protein, Chicken Oil, Flaxseed, Coconut Oil, Chicory Root Extract, Sodium Tripolyphosphate, Honey (Manuka), Yucca Schidigera Extract, Dehydrated Alfalfa Meal, Brewers Dried Yeast, Preserved with Mixed Tocopherols, Salt, Vitamins (Choline Chloride, L-Ascorbyl-2-Polyphosphate, Vitamin E Supplement, Niacin, Calcium Pantothenate, Riboflavin, Thiamine Mononitrate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Vitamin A Supplement, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Biotin, Menadione Sodium Bisulfite Complex, Folic Acid), Kale, Spinach, Carrots, Pumpkin, Blueberries, Cranberries, Chia Seed, Ginger Root, Turmeric, Minerals (Zinc Sulfate, Iron Sulfate, Copper Sulfate, Manganese Oxide, Sodium Selenite, Calcium Iodate), Rosemary Extract.